The Southwest Trojans used relentless defensive pressure and opportunistic shooting to claim a 68-49 home victory over McAuley Catholic on Dec. 7.
James Pettit knocked down three treys in less than two minutes in the third quarter and led Southwest with 27 points.
The visiting Warriors used their height advantage to stymie the Trojans early, and Adam Robertson's long jumper from the top of the key gave McAuley a 13-10 lead at the first break.
Southwest went scoreless for the first two and a half minutes of the second period, and trailed 16-10. But Jordan Epling drove the lane and scored on an isolation play against McAuley's man defense, and Pettit tossed in the first of his five 3-pointers to pull the Trojans into a 16-16 tie with 4:29 left in the period.
Josh Cutberth gave Southwest an 18-16 lead, but a Robertson jumper created another tie at the 3:08 mark.
Pettit swished a long bomb from between the circles to key a 9-1 Southwest push, and the Trojans took a 27-19 lead to the locker room.
In a pivotal third quarter, McAuley could not answer the intensity of Southwest.
Pettit's trey from the left wing gave the Trojans a 30-21 lead, and a four-minute explosion put Southwest ahead by a 40-25 score. Pettit's back-to-back treys pushed the lead to 48-29, and the Trojans led by 19 at the final break.
The deficit reached 25 with 5:04 on the fourth quarter clock, and both coaches made mass substitutions for the final four minutes.
Southwest improved to 3-2 for the season with the second win of the week. The Trojans dropped East Newton on Tuesday by a score of 52-40.
Southwest's Jess Ross was glad to get the win, and was impressed with his team's effort.
"That was an example of full out effort," said Ross. "Before you can improve as a player, you've got to give everything you've got. I think we did that tonight."
Scoring for Southwest: James Pettit, 27 points; Jordan Epling, 12; Josh Cutberth, 9; Drew Farrer, 8; Justin Pettit and Blake Barnes, 4 each; and Brad Daniels and Robbie Randall, 2 apiece.
Scoring for McAuley: Cole Lowry, 13; Shaw Robertson, 7 and Adam Robertson, 7 each; Zach Crossland and Chris Taylor, 5 apiece; Trey Melton, 4; Connor Schlegel, 3; Andrew Castillo and Anthony Calcagno, 2 each; and Lathan Vlasin, 1.
Southwest host Mt. Vernon on Dec. 13. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.